Monday, May 25, 2015

Coming soon! Uncle Phil takes 'Yesterday' from Knoxville to Nashville

It's been close to a year since Yesterday made her voyage from Ft. Pierce, FL to Knoxville, TN. A lot of work has been done on the boat (more details and video coming soon). One of the Valentine boys has been living on Yesterday as a student at UT while its been moored in Knoxville. Now it's time to bring her home.

Newly re-varnished transom with gold lettering
Starting 30 May, Uncle Phil and his three sons will embark on an adventure that will take them from Knoxville through Chattanooga then through Pickwick Lake at which time they'll pick up the Great Loop down the Tennessee River to Lake Barkley. From there they'll take the Barkley Canal to the Cumberland River then on to Nashville where Yesterday will reside.

The Valentine boys have been checked out as crew. The engines have been given an "A+ 100" by the diesel mechanic. The fiberglass top over the salon has been completely refurbished. (Remember the leaking into the salon on the maiden voyage?) The transom has been sanded and revarnished with new lettering. Interior work has been completed including all new carpeting, new headliner in the salon and painting throughout. Now it's time to stock the boat with provisions and make the long trek home.

The trip from Knoxville to Barkley Canal is approximately 600 miles. Another 145 miles and Uncle Phil and the crew will be in Nashville. There are several locks to navigate along the way. Traveling at approximately 10 knots (about 12 mph), the trip will take 7 to 10 days to complete. You'll be able to follow every step along the way right here. Phil will be blogging and posting photographs. Make sure you're following this blog so you don't miss a minute of the adventure.